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rob rosenstein. >> top law enforcement chosen by the president himself are facing his fury tonight. james comey is dismissing the gop memo as dishonest. we are following the backlash on all sides including republican senators and john mccain is warning the memo is a gift to vladimir putin. and the dow is down, the worst one day lost since president took office. is the boom that mr. trump claims credit for is over? >> we want to welcome the united states and around the world, i am wolf blitzer, you are in the "situation room." >> this is cnn's breaking news. >> we are following breaking news on president trump decisions to fire law enforcements and agency and approve the release of the gop memo rejected by critics and
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dangerous and misleading. there is a lot to dissect of disputed allegations and bias of the russia probe. tonight, what will the president do next? he's not ruling out the possibility, might fire the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein and use the memo to justify it. democrats are warning firing rosenstein or mueller would create a constitutional crisis. i will talk with the republican on the house and intelligence committee that is at the center of all of this, congressman willard and our correspondents and analysts are standing by first. lets go to jim sciutto, break this memo down for us. this memo alleges of surveillance power of the fbi, it is not clear of what contains in the four pages backs it up. the memo also indicates that the counter intelligence investigation involving the trump campaign and russia began months before this warrant was
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sought on carter page and based on intelligence other than this now infamous dossier. >> i think it is terrible. >> reporter: tonight the president and republicans leveling a new broadside at the fbi with a four-page memo allege ing the burrow abusing its authority and seeking a warrant to monitor trump's adviser carter page during the 2016 election. >> it is a tough fight. >> reporter: devon nunes claims mccabe told the committee the page warrant would not have been sought by the fbi without a dossier compiled on president trump's possible connection to russia. three democratic members of the committee disputes that account telling cnn, nunes mischaracterizes what mccabe says. >> it was aproverproved and ren
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by the court three separate times. mike rogers says that would not happen without u.s. intelligence to backup the allegations. >> if this is all they used, i doubt that'll happen. there is a lot of information planted of the information that's provided. in addition, they went through separate renewals and each renewal according to the law, you have to read and confirm probable cause, meaning you had to get something off of that wire. >> reporter: the memo alleges that the fbi and justice department did not inform the fisa court, the former british intelligence christopher steele who compiled the dossier was funded by the democratic party. adam schiff says it is quote, "not accurate," that the secret court was unaware of steele's political motivations. he claims the court knew of a likely political motivations behind steele. >> what it end up delivering is
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criticisms of a single fisa application of a carter page and renewals that cherry picks the information that does not tell the reader of the whole application and as the doj and fbi said is deeply misleading. >> reporter: the fbi is relying on outside information to launch the russia investigation, it notes that a counter investigation was actually opened months before the page application based on a stream intelligence separate from the dossier. this includes information from the australian investigation. george papadopoulos has been offered damaging information from hillary clinton from an individual with ties to the russian government. >> today, christopher wray, addressed fbi employees in a video, saying it is been tough times and the last few days have only made it worst. he went onto say well, if the
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american people read the newspaper and watch tv, your work is all that matters, actions speak louder than words. it is not just nunes but the president himself, not just the fbi but the organization time saying the fbi is behaving in a way that's not honorable and may have been illegal. >> amazing stuff going on, jim sciutto, thank you very much. lets go to white house right now on the memo where he may use to fire the deputy attorney. what are we hearing, jim acosta. >> reporter: he seized on the nunes memo as proof. here is what he told reporters earlier today. >> i think it is terrible. you want to know the truth, it is a disgrace of what's going on in this country.
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the memo was sent to congress and it was declassified. congress will do what they're going to do. it is disgrace of what's happening in our country. when luyou look at that and you see that and so many things going on. a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worst than that. >> reporter: now the concern is up on capitol hill that the president will use the nunes memo as a way to fire the deputy attorney general rosenstein who has been the subject of the president's criticism for some time now. here is what the president said when he was asked about that. >> are you likely to fire rod rosenstein? >> you figure that one out. >> reporter: now we are told, wolf, in the last hour by white house officials that despite the president saying that in the oval office earlier today that there is for conversation about or consideration of firing rod rosenstein, obviously, that does not comport with the attitude
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and the content of what the president told reporters earlier today. he made it very clear when he was asked a couple of times by reporters that he does not have conference and the department attorney general, he does not answer the questions when he was asked. he simply offered that very abrupt response which has not gone very well of the justice department and the fbi which has been hearing and been on the receiving ends of these verbal assaults o tf the president and the white house all week long. >> you figure that one out. the deputy attorney general jim acosta, at the white house, thank you very much. lets head over to capitol hill. the memo release is making a bipartisan divided everyone worst. you have been talking to lawmakers on both sides whart ae you hearing?
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>> a sharp dediviivide in the h. republicans in the house really are rallying behind for the most part of devin nunes believing that he's taking the right steps and what they believe abuses of the justice department and the fbi and paul ryan has been behind nunes all the way dpie fighting back and the fbi over the last several week to reign nunes in. democrats on the other side reigning some serious and profound concerns of a memo that's misleading and in their view reckless, on the republican side, it is much different. on the republican side in the senate, there is been a more muted response. republicans have either been sharply critical like john mccain earlier today said that it is actually doing putin's bidding and people like susan collins says this is not the way you deal with bipartisan issues within the intelligence committee and others are being
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silent and not raising concerns and staying out of the line of fire and chairman nunes told me today he does not have any comments on this issue. i did caught up with one of the president's closest allies, orrin hatch, someone that seems uncomfortable of the attacks the president is leveling at the fbi and the justice department but did support the memo release. >> however, there is been some pretty amazing things done by some within the fbi and other law enforcement agencies. i guess they thought that trump would never get elected. i think it is part of our system to make sure that we open up the doors to these things and let people know what really was going on and whether if people have been fair or not. >> rod rosenstein, do you have
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conference confidence in him or do you think he should step aside? >> i do have confidence in him, he's an honest man and it is a tough position of what you do and you will be criticized. i think he's an honest person. >> i went onto hatch whether the president should fire rosenstein, he says only if rosenstein becomes controversy and engulf rosenstein and cannot move forward on the investigation. he did voice the confidence to rosenstein and something that the president was unable to do today. >> there was a stunning and lack of support for the deputy attorney general who he appointed and he nominated him himself. >> one quick question before i let you go. will the democrat memo ends up being released as well? >> it will depend what the house will do. other republican haves supported in releasing the democratic
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memo. the question is what will he do after it goes to the white house. the president will have five days to object or allow the release. if he objects the full house can vote to over ride him. it is uncertain how it is going to happen. the first step is house and intelligence committee devin no nunes is to schedule a vote to release the memo. >> manu, thank you very much. how are the lawmakers reacting to all of this? lets bring in congressman, will herd, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf, always a pleasure. >> are you comfortable of the way the united states is portraying the fbi and the justice department. you saw his tweet this morning saying the top leadership and
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investigators of the fbi and s justice department politicized the sacred investigative case. >> i believe in that tweet president trump mentioned that he supports the ranking file of men and women of the fbi. to me, this memo was not about attacking the mueller investigation. the mueller investigation should be allowed to continue in every stone. bob mueller should be able to follow every stone and follow every lead to make sure we understand what the russians tried to do in our election and this does not repudiate the files. and, you know our country is a lot safer because of them. this ultimately for me --
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>> that was why i was surprised. i know you served as an officer for the cia and you understand the importance o f the u.s. intelligence committee and protecting america's national security. when the justice department and the fbi they say releasing the memo would be extraordinary reckless that it could under mine sources and methods. they write a formal letter to the congress asking them don't do this, you are comfortable with that? >> i am because i spent most of my adult life determining the difference between intelligence and information and ultimately in this four-page memo, there was no information that has not been out for public consumption. all of this information has been talked about within the press. it is been talked about by others in government. i am sure you read the memo,
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wolf. the only thing that may have been new is a specific news paper article that was used in corroboration for one of the fisa applications. >> all right, if you don't think there is any new information released in this, why did you vote to block the release of the democratic moemo? >> because there were some references to source information for ongoing operations. >> but let me just stop you for a second, congressman. both of these memos had to be reviewed by the president of the united states and national security team. both of them had five days to be reviewed by the president and you only sent over the republican majority memo to the president, you failed over to send over the democratic memo, why? >> because very simply there was no information that was going to impact national security. >> you were not sure about that.
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you didn't know that of the republican memo, you were worried there maybe some redacted portions of that memo. you wanted to see what the intelligence national member would do? >> we were following the process. >> because there was one memo that was ready to go and this other one is not. hopefully as potentially as early as monday, we'll se see -- we'll move forward on the memo as well. >> adam schiff says his minority memo is ready to go to the white house just like the republican memo. >> i would disagree with that characterizati characterization. >> in my experience, there is a few points that review ongoing operations that would have %-pf that's true.
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let me point out what would have been the big deal, congressman, if you waited a week, clean up and scrub the memo and send it to the white house and let them both release at the same time, why did you have to get the memo out today and maybe or maybe not the democratic memo is released a week or two weeks from now or maybe devin's? >> i don't think there is anything in the memo is explosive. >> well, the president says it is a disgrace and he says it does damage to the united states, you heard the president of what he said if the oval office this morning. >> well, that's his opinion. i know many of my colleagues, you know, i am not shocked that member of congress over exaggerates. for me, this is being focused on
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what kind of information that can we presented at a title three court in order to do something as extraordinary to get a warrant to do a telephone tap or something like that to american citizens and for me, at my responsibility as a representative is represent the people that sent me up here in washington, d.c. doing that over sight function, we have to do it even if it is in a political time. >> let me remind viewer that you were an officer and you understand the real world impact of releasing classified information. i guess a lot of people are wondering whether the republican majority in the house of representatives is throwing the intelligence community under the bus. >> i don't believe that at all. i think the intelligence community and federal law enforcement has to be held to a high standard. every t has to be crossed and every i has to be dotted.
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i am a strong spoupporter of th federal law enforcement. nobody is above over sight or nobody is above the law. we have to make sure that we are holding our leaders accountable to these issues. this is where i would agree with the gentleman from arizona. i have a little different take from it though. we are allowing the russian to win. the russians involvement in our election was to our democratic intuiti institution. when the press criticized congress for providing transparency of what's happening inside the government when republicans and democrats cannot agree on things because it was originated from the other side when there is this lack of trust between the executive branch and the legislative branch, it creates problems. it allows this erosion of trust and the only way to get it back is try to work together and be
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thoughtful and make sure that we are providing as much transparency as possible. >> clearly, you totally disagree with the republican who's the director of the fbi, christopher wray, who begged the white house don't do this and the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein, he also begged the white house don't do this. the fbi sent, made a public statement saying as expressed during the review, we have graved concerns of material emissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy. >> have you read all of the supporting information, the transcripts of the interviews and gone through the basic intelligence that created this memo? >> i have been through a lot of it, i have not been through all of it. i have participated in interviews asking people that were involved in all of this and producing it and asking them questions about the use of this information. so i feel comfortable that i
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have enough understanding of what's going onto make the decision that i did make. look, you allude to the leadership of the fbi and d.o.j., i appreciate their perspective, i don't think they want congress exercising and aggressive and over sight and forming functions over their activities but it is our responsibility to do that. the checks and balances of our government worked because we are willing to execute it. >> congress, one last question and you have been generous of your time. this is the first time they have gone public and explain, very classified information and surveillance how it works and how it operates and what is needed to get a warrant on an american citizen here in the united states. all of that has always been and as you well know this is a former cia official, all of that has been among the closely held
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information, bottom line, are you comfortable that this information is now been made public? >> i am because a lot of the process that goes into a fist court or a title 3 court is opened. it is out there and how that process is supposed to work and standards of evidence is out there. what constitutes intelligence verses information and that information is out there. what really is when is the actual data is used for those types of applications and again, in this case, there is nothing in this four-page memo that had not gone out in some form of fashion into the press and into the public domain. >> congressman will hurd thanks once again for your time. i still don't understand why you could not release both the majority and minority memo and send it over to the white house at the same time. that's something you will have to live with right now. we'll see what happens with the
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democrats and when the president approves it. he has to sign off right now. it under mines the majority of the republican version has concluded. >> that's your assumption of what's in the memo. >> that's adam schiff on your committee says. he are the member in your committee who has access to all the information, they gone through it all point by point and other members like you have not been allowed the go through. >> but, also, wolf, we have access to those people that created those document and been able to make that are assumption. i don't ha i don't have the background to make these decisions. when the memo comes out, y'all can be the judge about whether there was in inaccuracies.
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>> i will see when the memo is released and we'll see as you correctly pointed out putin and the russians are very happy right now seeing the decent that they helped create by medalidli in the u.s. election. congressman will hurd, you got a tough job, thank you for joining us. >> you, t too, wolf. >> just ahead, will it impact the overall russia investigation in any significant way? it always will be, forever and forever. the new rx 350l with three rows for seven passengers. experience amazing at your lexus dealer.
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tonight the white house is trying to fire rod rosenstein. right now we are joined my our former congressman served as our cnn commentator, dan, the memo has a lot of implications and the content is out there. is there a big revelation here? >> i don't think so. not what i have seen so far. unfortunately, the general culture of congress and particularly the house makes every issue one of a organic
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wawa gigantic war. everything they are dealing with comes to this giant conflict. unfortunately, of the day of bipartis bipartisan intelligence that people would work together is no longer here. so i am not surprised that this is becoming such a gigantic issue. it is systematic of everything that's happening in congress today. >> let me get carl to weigh in, what do you think? >> this is more than simply about bipartisanship. this is about one party putting forward a fake leaf that enables the president of the united states to exhibit a degree of authoritarian that we have never seen from a president of the united states. the only thing comparable that we have seen has been from a
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senator joe mccartney in the darkest days on attack of the institutions of democracy of this country. in those days, it was a senator and not the president. the senator was stopped by republicans and democrats who says we cannot have our institution smeared in this way. ef t we have the president of the united states who has demeaned and undermine and trying to obstruct in investigation in what the russians does and he's being enabled by the republicans in the house and the senate. >> do you agree with that? >> somebody forgotten that article 1 is the congress, the founding father is deliberately placed in congress. the congress has to act like its own body and equal to the president and not an enabler.
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and you know there are good people in both parties who understand this. right now i don't think people really get the fact that article 1 institution, that congress needs to act like it needs to be able to speak truth to power. >> what will this mean for the overall mueller investigation of russian meddling in the presidential election, will it have any impact on it? >> the president has made clear that above all other things in the one-year of his presidency, he seeks to do one thing, to make the mueller investigation, the russian investigation going away and go away. we know from those closest to him that he is determined to do that that this memo in his release and his conduct around it is part of that effort to undermine and make the mueller investigation going away. he's thinking about doing it by firing rod rosenstein, we know that from those close to the
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president. we know that he discussed the possibility of pardons as a means mean of making this investigation going away. he's holding himself unaccountable to the law. this is different than watergate and dangerous in many ways. in watergate, the republicans were the hero who says no one in this country is above the law and we see no similar commitment to the rule of law and the accountab accountability of the president particularly by speaker ryan and the leader in the senate, mr. mcconnell. this is really unprecedented territory and dangerous to our institution and beyond anything we have seen in the presidency and certainly if modern europe. >> do you agree with that? >> i think congress needs to act like what they are intended to act. it is equal to the president and cannot enable to the president. it is tough to do that especially if you are on the
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same party as the president. great leaders that is what elects the people to congress for. the intelligence community is so important worldwide that you had discussion earlier of north korea and what's happening and they have the ability to land in the united states, people have to trust the intelligence community and knows what it is doing. this does demean public trust in the intelligence community. that does really worrieyworrys . >> guys, thank you very, very much. just ahead, what messages president trump is sending after declassifying the memo we are talking about the next move, his crypt i can response to a question. listen to this of the department attorney general. >> are you like to fire rosenstein? >> you figure that one out.
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we are following all the breaking news on this disputed gop memo of the bias in the russia investigation and backlash which is huge. we are told that the fbi director christopher wray put out a radio trying to fire the fbi director, the president ignored the protest and declassified the memo. wray and other critics are
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warning the memo is bipartisan and leaving out crucial facts. lets go to our analyst, our former fbi agent, and a lot of political ramification from the release of this memo. what about the actual content, what's your analysis? >> well, wolf, i see three things here. the first is this memo does not make a valid claim. it is damming to the president. third, i think it can have some consequences for our intelligence capabilities. >> why is it damming to the president? >> i can go through all -- it is damming to the president because you have someone who's on the fbi radar back in 2013. now we know after he came off of
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the campaign, he was actively and knowingly working on behalf of the russian intelligence for up to a year. we know that fisa was renewed three times. that's 90 days from the initial granting so basically for one full year, this means that the trump campaign had a spy on this is in addition to paul manafort that we know separately that's charged of being a foreign agent and separate from michael flynn who has also lied being a foreign agent and george papadopoulos who was contacted and is now working with mueller. i think this is incredibl incredibly -- again, very damming to what this person specifically was up to and i think it raises questions on what he was doing during his
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time in the campaign. >> let me press you on that because in fairness to carter page, this foreign policy aid during the trump campaign, he's been under investigation since 2013 but as far as we know so far unlike the others, he has not been charged with any criminal wrong doing. >> well, that's right, wolf. actually when you get a fisa warrant, you are not looking for evidence of a crime. that's a separate procedure to do electronic surveillance foreign intelligence verses title 3. you have this whole other process because the whole point is you are not looking for evidence of a crime. you are looking to see what a foreign intelligence service is up to and how this person might be playing a role in their activities. actually, having done these fisa warrants and counter
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intelligence and few of these, the key is to keep it secret so you don't know what your adversary is up to and that way you can run operations and neutralize them and recruit sources that they are trying to run. it is all a spy verses a spy game. i am not surprised at all that he was never charged of the crime, that's not the point in getting the warrant. >> so many in the u.s. intelligence community, and the law enforcement are so upset and the fbi and leaders of the intelligence community because you are not supposed to talk openly of how this foreign intelligence surveillance court works and how they're trying to find out, quote "spies" and what they are doing. this memo released a lot of that sensitive information. >> absolutely, a lost in all of this. as a reporter who covers these issues before, this memo is fascinating to me because you get grandular details of how the process works. i understand government
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officials don't want that. this is a huge partisan football, it is being used for certain propaganda purposes. there is an element here of just opening up a process that the american public frankly rarely gets a glimpse into how these warrants are presented to the court and what the over sight is. if republicans truly cared of fisa reform, you may see some actual proposal put on the table, okay, how can we prevent any kind of american citizens being targeted based on phony evidence before the court. their ideas out there from the obama administration and you can have an advocate for someone that's targeted which exists of the court. i have not seen any of that put forward by the people who are pushing this memo. that's a debate worth having in terms of fisa reform. >> is there going to be a serious setback for u.s. intelligence gathering and cooperating of friendly foreign intelligence services or maybe a loss of some sensitive sorts of
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methods as a result of this memo. >> coons is doing a victory lapse right now. president trump is doing that for me. now, president trump has been a tool for putin for months now. he's been polarizing the country and aduty to attacking the fbi . there is no upside of sharing intelligence with the united states anymore particularly when it comes to russia because it could end up on the house and intelligence website. ithink that mew fortwe'll miss sense ti sensitive information. >> please don't release this memo, another thing is releasing the memo could have a damaging impact on our national security and our ability to share and
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receive sensitive information from friendly foreign government. why didn't they decide, if they are going to release the majority of the report, why didn't they release the minority report, rebecca, at the same time and let the american public look at both and come up with their own conclusions. >> wolf, republicans are saying that that memo was for later and so it is still going through the review process. democrats want this memo released and the biggest obstacle happening is the president himself. he's going to have a final say whether it does get released to the public. >> i am the intelligence community and we just heard from will hurd and others, why not wait a week or two and release the memo simultaneously, why did the republican majority version has to be released today as opposed to the democratic
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version is scrubbed and redacted and whatever they do to protect national security. >> the answer is republicans wanted their side of the story out there by itself because it will have a bigger political impact and policy impact potentially and it can stand alone without any sort of rebuttal or clouding that evidence. >> well, i think that sam is right. at this point we know, for example, the memory me discloses that part of what was included in the affidavit was that the investigation into russia interference began as a result of our trip from our allies to austria. that has been reported before so it is not shocking to us. imagine our allies, of five i's, wow, if we share anything and
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especially coming from sensitive human source or collection methods, for all we know, it could end up at the front of the new york times with the president's blessing on any given day. that would give them pause. the other thing in memo that's potentially damaging is disclosing that christopher steele had been a long time source for the fbi. now, again this kind of seems like we have known this but to the extent that christopher steele had been in touch with sources and the last half decade or decades, any intelligence service who had him on the radar is going to go back and check who he's been in touch with and who knows what happens to those people at this point. this was reckless, i can see why the fbi felt it was a reckless effort and i don't really understand why this did not go through the proper vetting pr d procedures especially if it did not reveal anything useful.
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>> and if fbi and the justice department says it was not just reckless, it was extraordinarily reckle reckless, they begged the white house and the president don't release it. where did the fbi director and the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein go from here when the president publicly humiliates them and slapping them down and says i am releasing it and i don't care what you do. >> those guys have to make a decision of the minority memos whether they have similar objections or not. i think there are two goals on the republican side, one, the hype leading up to this and the idea that this memo was going to show how the steele dossier was origin origin and the memo confirmed something that we knew and it was papadopoulos talking to the australians and that's how the investigation started way before
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this fisa warrant. two of the people aprovered this fisa warrant took it and signed off on it, one is rosenstein, they were given promotions in the trump administration. i think a lot of people think that one of the goals here at least from white house's position is to undermine rosenstein in some way who's overseeing the investigation and giving trump an excuse to push him out. >> the fired fbi director he says dishonest, and destroyed the trust and damage relationships with fisa and in e in --s do you agree with him on that? >> we are showing the world how easily distracted we are by conspiracy theory. that's what this memo is.
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we can under line every line in it and debunk every claim in it. every time a congressman makes allegations that are unfounded, we'll get distracted and pay attention to that and we cited the fact that we are continuously under attacked by russia and i have not heard this administration answer tg real question of what we are doing about it. it is a hoax and it is been going on for a year and causing america's taxpayers a lot of money. he does not believe although a lot of republicans said he said the other day they'll probably do it again if the u.s. doesn't stop. >> right. so we are talking about months in the election potentially russia will have again to influence election.
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pompeo was saying in the same breathe happening again, he doesn't think it will have an impact. but that's his professional opinion and that doesn't mean we shouldn't be ready to try to out weigh the impact that russia might be having. and the fact is as you said there isn't a plan in place. the congressional committees have been talking about this for months now trying to put a plan in place but because of the partisan divisions on this issue there hasn't been one. >> let me remind our viewers what the u.s. intelligence community concluded a year ago, january 2016, russian president putin ordered campaign aimed at presidential election. russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the u.s. democratic process. that looks like that mission from the russians has been accomplished. just ahead, a new warning from the pentagon about u.s. nuclear capabilities, also an important programming note, be sure to turn in cnn tomorrow afternoon
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stand by for more on the release of the memo that's rocking official washington. but right now another breaking story, pentagon is now out with alarming assessment of the nuclear threat against the united states not just by north korea but russia as well. let's go to barbara star. this review was released just a little while ago. >> it was, wolf. now critics say this review will lower the threshold for any president to some day decide to use nuclear weapons. advocates say given u.s. adversaries all of this new deterrence is essential. >> while president trump navigates the political mine field of the russia investigation. >> there has been no collusion. there has been no crime. >> pentagon and state department unveiled the toughest line yet against vice president --
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vladimir putin this. >> and increased reliance and capabilities, as we pointed out building a large and diverse nuclear arsenal. >> the pentagon nuclear weapons that could hit europe, including depth charges and torpedos and first time confirming russia is under water drone that can potentially go thousands of miles and strike the u.s. coastline. russia just one headache for defense secretary james mattis as he begins the second year on the job. u.s. nuclear deterrence also aimed at north korea which the report says which may only be months away from the capability to strike the u.s. with nuclear armed missiles. >> and if north korea would in a hypothetical launch a ballistic
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missile tipped with nuclear weapon aimed at the united states, it is not the sort of thing that we would say oh, that's the end of the story. >> but because of current tensions pentagon may delay the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile after the olympics cnn has learned. along with the joint chiefs, job number one format tis is to convince president to not conduct a limited strike against north korea hoping sanctions work before a missile is fielded. job number two, mattis still has to have credible action toss back up the effort. >> he has to present it in a way that his boss never seen combat, he has never experienced the kind of conflict they have seen, they have got to make him understand the catastrophic consequences of making decisions
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on use of military force. >> so the next steps after this report, they are calling for massive no yield smaller less damaging nuclear weapons. wolf. >> all right. barbara. thanks very much. barbara star at the pentagon. that's it for me. thanks very much for washingtoning. erin burnett outfront starts right now. p. outfront next breaking news, president trump approves the release of a nunes memo. but does it discredit the fbi and the russia investigation? as he hoped. plus growing concern, the trump could fire fire rod rosenstein official overseeing the russia investigation. could this be trump's saturday night massacre? and the dow drops 660 points. one of the worst in history. trump takes credit for the rise. will he shoulder the blame for th

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